New Year flag-raising wows public in Taipei

Radio Taiwan International 
Date: 02 January, 2019
By: Paula Chao

The flag-raising ceremony on New Year’s Day has wowed the public. The ceremony, held on Tuesday in front of the Presidential Office, carried the theme of “bravery, self-confidence and in line with the world.”

The flag-raising ceremony on New Year’s Day started with a performance by Chien Kuo High School’s marching band. The band featured jazz and flag-spinning. Last year, the school won the world championship at a competition organized by the World Association of Marching Show Bands.

A performance by honor guards from Taipei First Girls’ High School was equally splendid. Despite the drizzle, students twirled rifles while changing position. The girls’ high school and the all-male Chien Kuo High School are both top-ranked schools in Taipei.

A display by the army, navy and air force was also spectacular.  Each solider carried an M1 rifle weighing six kilograms, receiving applause from the public.

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